The Next Step in Human Evolution?

implantablechips.jpgThe FDA has given a biotech company from Massachusetts permission to attempt to interface the brains of paralyzed patients with computer chips.

"We're going to say to a paralyzed patient, 'imagine moving your hand six inches to the right,'" Surgenor said.

Then, he said, researchers will try to identify the brain activity associated with that desire. Someday, that capacity could feed into related devices, such as a robotic arm, that help patients act on that desire.

Although this is a small first step in this technology, futurist Ray Kurzweil believes such machine-human interfaces are the next step in a continuous process that has been occurring for billions of years: the evolution of ever-more intelligent life at an exponentially increasing pace.

It is part of our destiny and part of the destiny of evolution to continue to progress ever faster, and to grow the power of intelligence exponentially.To contemplate stopping that ? to think human beings are fine the way they are ? is a misplaced fond remembrance of what human beings used to be. What human beings are is a species that has undergone a cultural and technological evolution, and it's the nature of evolution that it accelerates, and that its powers grow exponentially, and that's what we're talking about. The next stage of this will be to amplify our own intellectual powers with the results of our technology.

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